May 25, 20 - 5:43 pm - LABS

Mega holiday in São Paulo fails to lift isolation index by much

The largest city in Latin America, São Paulo, decreed a mega-holiday starting last Wednesday until today as an unusual idea to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The expected isolation rate was 55%, which it – only just – delivered. On Sunday São Paulo had 57% of people at home.

The idea was to anticipate forthcoming holidays to reduce the circulation of people on the streets. The measure was another action tested in an attempt to avoid a mandatory lockdown. According to G1, however, health authorities claim that the best index for isolation in the city is 70%.